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BBFC support the 9th Childnet Film Competition with cinema age ratings

BBFC Support online safety charity Childnet's call on young people to ‘Connect with respect’ and enter their Film Competition

Date 28/03/2018

Leading online safety charity, Childnet, has launched the ninth Childnet Film Competition to encourage young people aged 7-18 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online. BBFC Chief Executive David Austin (OBE), will help judge the winners of the competition, alongside Joanna van der Meer, Film Tutor and Family Learning Programmer at BFI Southbank; and Catherine McAllister, Head of Safeguarding, Child Protection BBC Children’s; and Lisa Prime, Children’s Events Programmer at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Delivered by Childnet as part of its work in the UK Safer Internet Centre, the competition aims to encourage young people to have respectful interactions online and gives them the opportunity to harness their creativity and share their understanding of online safety issues.

Judged by a panel of experts, the winning films will be shown at the finalists’ event in London and used as educational resources in schools across the UK.

This year’s theme focusses on how young people can ‘connect with respect’ and work together to make the internet a better place for children and young people.

BBFC Chief Executive David Austin (OBE) said:

 “Being involved in the Childnet Film Competition is always a highlight for us. It gives children and young people an outlet to voice their views and ideas on how to improve the internet in an engaging and interactive way. In previous years we’ve judged and age rated entries from across the UK and from children of all ages. We know children regularly see BBFC age ratings for film content available online and discuss age ratings with their family and peers, to make decisions about what they watch. Through its unrelenting work, Childnet is supporting children and young people to use the internet's resources, such as BBFC age ratings and BBFC insight, to help them make positive choices."

As Becky Nancarrow, Senior Education Projects Officer at Childnet, said:

"Over the past nine years, hundreds of young people have shown us how they can use their creativity, passion and skills to educate and inspire their peers to stay safe online.  We are hugely excited to see the films that young people will be entering for this year’s Childnet Film Competition and how they can help shape a respectful and better internet for all."

Connect with respect – how to take part

The Film Competition is split into two age categories and schools or youth organisations must oversee and submit entries on behalf of all participants. For both categories, young people must create a film in response to the theme:  ‘Connect with respect - a better internet starts with us!’

For both age groups, Childnet is looking for creative, imaginative films which show how young people can make a positive difference online. Young people might express their ideas through comedy, animation, or music. They will be encouraged to consider different filmmaking styles such as creating an advert, campaign or documentary.

Childnet have developed resource packs including storyboard templates, guides to filmmaking and other useful documents to help schools and youth organisations engage and support young people in making their films.

Closing date and how to enter

Entries should be sent to Childnet by Monday 11 June, and include entry and media consent forms, which can be found at www.childnet.com/film-comp. There is also important information about copyright that entrants should consider.

The shortlisted films will be shown on the big screen in front of industry guests and young people at the Childnet Film Competition 2018 Event at the BFI London Southbank and will also receive a BBFC age rating and BBFC black card.

The Film Competition winners will each receive a filmmaking kit for their school which includes a Canon DSLR camera, tripod and clapperboard.


Notes to editor

For media enquiries and to request images please contact Becca Cawthorne: becca@childnet.com / 0207 639 6967

For BBFC media enquiries contact Billie Morgan bmorgan@bbfc.co.uk / 0207 440 0397 (out of hours: 0790 863

Childnet Film Competition

Childnet’s Film Competition is now in its ninth year. Delivered as part of its work as one of three charities in the UK Safer Internet Centre, the Film Competition encourages young people aged 7-18 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online. The project engages schools in using new technology for creative and positive uses and equips young people with the skills they need to become confident digital creators. In addition, through the process, the young people create valuable resources to educate their peers about staying safe online and develop their own understanding of what it means to be a good digital citizen.

“It was an amazing experience being able to watch our film on the big screen with our own BBFC rating… Thank you for our prizes’ they are already being put to great use and we have inspired others to want to create their own films to develop their learning.”  - Teacher from winning school in Childnet Film Competition 2017

Important dates:

  • Competition opens: Wednesday 21st February
  • Competition closes: Monday 11th June
  • Finalists notified: Monday 18th June
  • Screening and finalist’s event at the BFI: Tuesday 3rd July

To enter the Childnet Film Competition please send an email to film@childnet.com to request an information pack. If you would like any more information, or find out more and download the schools packs visit www.childnet.com/film-competition

The winners will be decided by an expert panel which includes:

  • Catherine McAllister, Head of Safeguarding and Child Protection at BBC Children’s
  • David Austin OBE, Chief Executive of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
  • Joanna van der Meer, Film Tutor and Family Learning Programmer at BFI Southbank
  • Lisa Prime, Children’s Events Programmer at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

About Childnet International

Childnet is a UK charity that empowers children, families and schools in the digital age, and its vision is to make the internet a great and safe place for children. Launching in 1995, it speaks to thousands of children, parents and teachers every year; creates innovative educational resources; and delivers projects to empower young people to have their say and take the lead in helping to create a better internet. It achieves a wider impact through influencing best practice and policy, both in the UK and internationally. As one of three charities in the UK Safer Internet Centre, Childnet coordinates Safer Internet Day, which reaches millions of UK children every year.

About BBFC

The BBFC is an independent, private, not-for-profit company which classifies films, video on all physical formats (DVD and Blu-ray Disc for example) and certain video games, and trailers. It also classifies, on a best practice voluntary basis, video content for distribution online. The BBFC operates transparent, well-understood and trusted co-regulatory and self-regulatory classification regimes, such as its digital video service, based on years of expertise and published Classification Guidelines which reflect public opinion and the risk of harm; and is accountable to Parliament.

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